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The South Shore Line – Indiana’s Gift to Passenger Rail


We had the honor and thrill of riding the entire length of the South Shore Line round trip between South Bend (Airport Station) and Chicago (Millennium Station) and back over Mother’s Day weekend. Sometimes dubbed as America’s last Interurban, the … Continue reading

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World’s longest subway/metro systems


Below is a list of the longest subway/metro systems in the world, based on a minimum length of 100 kilometers. These do not include street trams, light rail, or commuter railroads, only subways/metros. Of those cities identified below, 14 are located … Continue reading

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When the node breaks…put logic back into logistics


I am writing everyone from a hotel room near the Denver and from my gate Denver International Airport. In case you didn’t see the update to the last post, my dream ride on the California Zephyr ended before it ever … Continue reading

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California Zephyr dreamin’…on such a winter’s day


Greetings from Boulder, Colorado, everyone! This evening I will be boarding Amtrak’s California Zephyr in Denver for the trip back east into the polar vortex. Not to say it’s not plenty cold and snowy here, but in comparison to what … Continue reading

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India railway map/Nations with most railway miles


Above is a cool 2013 railway map of India. For a little end of the year statistical trivia, below is a list of the 50 nations with the most railway mileage. United   States 224,792 (2011) China 98,000 (2012) Russia … Continue reading

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Geography of AMTRAK’s 2013 ridership


Below are fiscal year 2013 ridership data from AMTRAK for the 20 leading states. As can be seen, passenger rail is no longer just a Northeast Corridor phenomenon. All three states along the Pacific Coast placed in the Top 20; as … Continue reading

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Railroad quiet zones – state leaders and laggards


At the end of this post are lists of the leading and lagging states, based on the number of railroad quiet zones that have been established. At the present time there are a total of 570 quiet zones designated in … Continue reading

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“Train Kept a Rollin” – AMTRAK’s busiest stations


Below is a list of the 25 cities/intercity railroad stations with the largest AMTRAK ridership in fiscal year 2011.  As a rider/supporter of AMTRAK and as an avid fan of railroad travel in general, I was quite surprised by some of the cities/stations … Continue reading

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Guest post – “Countryside” vs. “backside”


Why is it that while I am looking at the most beautiful countryside in the world, all I want to do is take pictures of Ireland’s toilets. Has jet lag morphed me into acting like a 12-year-old boy? I have … Continue reading

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The mega-commuting states


Below is a list of those states/territories with the highest percentage of 60 minute plus commuters (one-way). Having done that myself for two years in the mid-1990s, I can personally attest to how much time, effort, energy, and dollars such … Continue reading

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